### Boston Commute

I commute between the Malden area and the Longwood area. There are several ways to solve this problem:
1. Orange Line to Ruggles (30min) + walk (10-15min) ~ 45min
2. Orange line to Ruggles + Free Longwood area shuttle (No ID required) - 35min to 45min
3. Orange line to Ruggles + Bike (Haven't tried this, wouldn't work during peak)
4. Orange line to North Sta (15min) + Green (Heath) to Longwood (20min to 1hr)
5. Orange line to Ruggles (30min) + walk one block (5min) + Green (Heath) to Longwood (10min to 20min)
The Green line is a bit of a crapshoot. Some days its just fine, some days it crawls. The commute is faster/more reliable if you can put it out of the equation. The Orange line is fast, reliable, and during peak hours, very frequent. I would say near Malden, about 1 every 5min. In the evening, at North Station, perhaps one every 10min

The great thing about trains is that you can read on 'em. I get a paper a trip (about), which is decent.

### Python: Multiprocessing: passing multiple arguments to a function

Write a wrapper function to unpack the arguments before calling the real function. Lambda won't work, for some strange un-Pythonic reason.

import multiprocessing as mp def myfun(a,b): print a + b def mf_wrap(args): return myfun(*args) p = mp.Pool(4) fl = [(a,b) for a in range(3) for b in range(2)] #mf_wrap = lambda args: myfun(*args) -> this sucker, though more pythonic and compact, won't work p.map(mf_wrap, fl)

### Flowing text in inkscape (Poster making)

You can flow text into arbitrary shapes in inkscape. (From a hint here).

You simply create a text box, type your text into it, create a frame with some drawing tool, select both the text box and the frame (click and shift) and then go to text->flow into frame.

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